Wardrobe Basics: Sewing Dress No. 2
Intermediate | 1 hour 17 min
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When you're in need of a project that's easy to sew and simple to style, look no further than Dress No. 2 by Sonya Philip. Part of her "100 Acts of Sewing" line, this wardrobe workhorse is eminently wearable and serves as an excellent base for layering. The A-line dress pattern features three-quarter sleeves, a scoop neck and patch pockets. Once you’ve learned how to make the basic pattern, Sonya shows you how to add inseam pockets, shorten to tunic-length, make a sleeveless variation, or add a color-blocked hem. It accommodates a wide variety of fabrics; try cozy flannel for chilly winter wear or cotton lawn for a breezy summer garment. The downloadable PDF pattern covers all variations and comes in size XS - 4 XL.

Bust measurement (your body size):
XS: 32 inches (81 cm); S: 35 inches (89 cm); M: 38 inches (97 cm); L: 41 inches (104 cm); XL: 44 inches (112 cm); 2XL: 47 inches (119 cm); 3XL: 50 inches (127 cm); 4XL: 53 inches (135 cm)

 
Here’s what you’ll need:
Bust measurement (your body size): XS: 32 inches (81 cm); S: 35 inches (89 cm); M: 38 inches (97 cm); L: 41 inches (104 cm); XL: 44 inches (112 cm); 2XL: 47 inches (119 cm); 3XL: 50 inches (127 cm); 4XL: 53 inches (135 cm) 
Fabric Requirements: Mid-weight woven fabric, such as linen, cotton, decor canvas or natural fiber blend. 
Main Pattern - 2 5/8 yd (2.4 m) for XS; 2 3/4 yd (2.55 m) for S - M; 3 yd (2.75 m) for L - XL; 3 3/8 yd (3.1 m) for 2XL - 3XL;  3 1/2 yd (3.2 m) for 4XL 
Sleeveless and Tunic Length - 2 1/2 yd (2.3 m) for XS - L; 2 3/4 yd (2.55 m) for XL - 4XL 
Color-Blocked Hem - 2 3/8 yd (2.2 m) for XS - S; 2 1/2 yd (2.3 m) for M - XL;  2 3/4 yd (2.55 m) for 2XL - 3XL; 3 yd (2.75 m) for 4XL;  3/4 yd (0.7 m) contrast fabric for hem and 1/2 yd (0.5 m) or fat quarter for pocket for all sizes 
All patterns - 1/2 yd (0.5 m) or fat quarter for bias tape  
​Other Tools and Materials:
  • 3/4" bias tape maker
  • Matching thread
  • Tracing paper and pencil
  • Washi tape (optional)
  • Pattern weights
  • Tailors chalk
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter and cutting surface
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Sewing gauge
  • ​Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Downloadable Dress No. 2 PDF pattern
Downloads:
Learn how to:
  • Sew the Dress No. 2 pattern
  • Insert sleeves
  • Attach patch pockets
  • Add inseam pockets
  • Shorten pattern to make a tunic
  • Attach bias tape at neckline
  • Finish edges with pinking shears or zig-zag
  • Add a contrasting hem band
 
 
What you’ll get:
  • Step-by-step expert instruction on sewing an A-line dress pattern and three ways you can customize it.
  • 7 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list and downloadable PDF with pattern pieces ($17 value)
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from patternmaker, Sonya Philip
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students 
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Class Reviews
327 users recommended this class to a friend
Ana Gonzalez
Fantastic demonstration… carefully explained step by step the sewing together of each piece of fabric ….. nicely seeing how the dress comes together
December 26, 2022
Kristy Aeschbocker
Always a pleasure to hear Sonya's instructions and tips. Another great class! Thank you!
November 27, 2022
Elizabeth Garcia
This pattern is so fun. I plan to make several.
November 26, 2022